Victoria Film Festival | About Membership

What is a membership and why do I need one?

Did you know that all the movies you normally see at the theatre have been classified? A film’s rating on IMDb or on the back of its DVD case isn’t universal; B.C. has its own classification system. That means filmmakers must submit their films to the Consumer Protection Authority of B.C. for review before being assigned a rating. It’s a costly process, and one that many independent filmmakers—and the Victoria Film Festival—can’t afford.  That’s why some of the films shown at the Vic Theatre and all of the films at the Victoria Film Festival are unclassified.

In British Columbia the only way to view unclassified films is to be an active member of the society showing the film and over the age of 18—that’s the law, even if the film would get a G rating.

But here’s the good news!

Membership to the Victoria Film Festival Society (VFF) is only $2.00. It’s good for one festival year (August 2019 to July 31 2020) and you can keep the membership fob in your wallet or on your keychain to show us each time you come to a film.

The Victoria Film Festival is a non-profit, charitable organization.

NOTE: If you have purchased a Victoria Film Festival Gold pass, or a Friends of the Vic membership, you DO NOT need to purchase a separate VFF Membership, as it is included with your pass purchase.

Memberships are available for purchase at the door or online!


  • The Victoria Film Festival (AKA Victoria Independent Film & Video Society) is responsible for operating in compliance with the Motion Picture Act and Consumer Protection BC.
  • To attend a VFF film screening (which may not have been classified by Consumer Protection BC), you must be a Victoria Independent Film & Video Society member.
  • Membership is by annual subscription and is limited to persons who are 19 years of age or over.
  • Only members are permitted to be present at the place where a non-classified film is being exhibited.
  • Victoria Independent Film & Video Society’s mandate is the encouragement and appreciation of motion pictures as a medium of art, information or education.

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All  Vic Theatre patrons must be 19+

(no babes in arms at all screenings)

Every attendee requires their own $2 VFF Annual Membership to view Unrated films.

The screening listing will state if there is a "membership required."

You can buy your Annual Membership online or at the door night of your screening.

Special screenings listed as "All Ages" are the only exception to the 19+ policy.

For more information on age restrictions and laws click here

All online transactions will have service fees applied at the check out. These fees are used to help us continue to offer online ticketing services.